Director of Programs

To apply, please fill out this form and be prepared to submit materials in PDF format (full instructions below).

ReFrame envisions a world where marginalized communities have the power to shape meaning and material conditions toward justice. Achieving this vision for racial, gender, economic and climate justice requires social movements to work collaboratively to change dominant narratives, lift up shared values and advance visionary solutions. ReFrame is building a new generation of strategists along with the movement infrastructure necessary to craft winning narratives that make social justice “common sense.”

ReFrame is fiscally sponsored by the Proteus Fund who partners with foundations, advocates, and individual donors to advance democracy, human rights, and peace.

The Opportunity

ReFrame seeks a Director of Programs who can lead the organization’s program team to success. You will work across the organization to align, lead, and manage ReFrame programs, and serve as an ambassador of the organization in external relationships with partners and funders. You will be a strategic advisor to the Executive Director, a facilitative leader for Program Managers, and a member of the organization’s Senior Strategy Team, setting the direction of the organizational strategy and growth.

Candidate Profile

You are a builder.

We create containers that build the leadership, learning, and strategic acumen of individuals and groups. We also build containers for strategic collaboration and coordination across organizations and interests. You are dedicated to building a program team that is successful in accomplishing goals, while also building the leadership of the team and living the values of the organization.

You are a strategist. 

You understand that strategy is a practice, not a plan. You have extensive experience developing strategies for success, regardless of domain.

You are responsible

As a leader in an organization you have to own your work and own the work of the people around you. You own the success of your team and you also take responsibility for when your team falls short. You know the balance between autonomy and micromanagement and you can maintain it well.

You are curious. 

You know your expertise is not static, but dynamic. You are dedicated to growing and learning as an individual and an organization.  You are curious about the organizations and the people you work with, you are always seeking out more information, but you don’t let that search get in the way of action.

You are an action taker
While you are curious you know that in order to accomplish goals you have to move forward. You bring forward momentum to your work and to the work of the organization, actively moving projects and programs forward from conception through completion. You seek out new opportunities and partnerships for forward movement.

You value excellence in vision and details.

You can see the larger strategic picture, and you can apply the focused energy to expertly organize and execute the tactics, tasks and details that add up to that picture.

You are values driven.

You are committed to building a better world in a way that brings justice to historically unbalanced power relationships at the individual and systemic level. You know that justice is not only a destination, but also the path.

Key Responsibilities

Lead and manage the ReFrame programs and program teams towards success

The Director of Programs is responsible for developing and implementing multiple program strategies in collaboration with Program Directors, Program Managers, and the Senior Strategy Team. Beyond setting the course for programs the Director of Programs will oversee the day-to-day implementation of programs and manage a team of Program Directors and Managers. This includes bridging programs, maintaining information flows, and ensuring the programs add up to more than a sum of parts.

Act as a strong ambassador 

The Director of Programs translates and advances our values, vision, and efforts across a set of advocacy, philanthropic, and program partners. The Director of Programs must have strong boundaries, emotional intelligence, discernment, and the ability to manage relationships with a movement building perspective.

Act as an organizational steward

The Director of Programs builds the organization. ReFrame is in a time of growth and transformation. You will be a part of developing a transformative culture that leans into the core values (intersectionality, generosity, curiosity, creative rigor, and organizing) of the organization while creatively and efficiently advancing the organization’s mission, vision, and goals. This includes identifying and recruiting talented program staff as the organization grows.

Measure Impact

The Director of Programs measures the impact of ReFrame’s programs and clearly communicates this to stakeholders. This impact measure is integrated into program planning, program adjustments and strategic decisions across the organization.

Act as a strategic advisor and interim ED

The Director of Programs works closely with the Executive Director lending assessment of programmatic work and team function and cohesion to strategy discussions and tactical decisions. The Director of Programs serves as interim Executive Director when the Executive Director is on leave.


  • 7 + years in a leadership role in nonprofit or business
  • 7 + years in strategy development and implementation
  • Demonstrated expertise in narrative strategy across context and tactics
  • Demonstrated ability in program design and evaluation.
  • Demonstrated ability in managing programs based on strategy,  taking into account staffing, budgets, and long term goals.
  • Proven ability to  build and manage a team towards success while maintaining a healthy organizational culture.
  • Excellent emotional intelligence and interpersonal skills.
  • Time management and organization.
  • Detailed knowledge of and demonstrated proficiency in the use of Microsoft Office and Google Suite applications.
  • Experience with, or willingness to become a power user of, distributed team workflow management and communication applications such as Slack, Asana, Zoom, etc.

Compensation & Benefits 

This is a full-time  position. Starting salary is $116,000. We offer an awesome benefits package including: 401k, robust health and dental insurance, professional development funds, and generous vacation days to attract, retain, and motivate a high-performing and dedicated workforce.

To Apply

Interested candidates for this position should submit a cover letter, resume, and names and contact information for three references. Please fill out this form and be prepared to submit materials in PDF format (with your name in the file extensions ). Rolling deadline, position is open until filled.

ReFrame is fiscally sponsored by Proteus Fund. Proteus Fund is an equal employment opportunity and having a diverse staff are fundamental principles at Proteus Fund, where employment and promotional opportunities are based upon individual capabilities and qualifications without regard to race, color, religion, gender, pregnancy, sexual orientation/affectional preference, age, national origin, marital status, citizenship, disability, veteran status or any other protected characteristic as established under law.

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